Architecture

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are based on the regulations of the EU directive that applies to pursuing the professional activities of an architect (Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications). According to the directive, an architectural degree meets the expectations of the construction industry and also enables a career outside Finland.

In accordance with the above-mentioned directive, the purpose of the programme is to ensure that after completing a degree, the student has:

  • the ability to create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements
  • adequate knowledge of the history and theories of architecture and related fields of art, technology and human sciences
  • knowledge of the fine arts as an influence on the quality of architectural design
  • adequate knowledge of urban design planning and the skills involved in the planning process
  • understanding of the relationships between people and buildings and between buildings and their environment and of the need to relate buildings and the spaces between them to human needs and scale
  • understanding of the profession of architecture and the role of the architect in society, in particular in preparing briefs that take account of social factors
  • understanding of the methods of investigation and preparation of the brief for a design project
  • understanding of the structural design, constructional and engineering problems associated with building design
  • adequate knowledge of physical problems, technologies and of the function of buildings so as to provide them with internal conditions of comfort and protection against the climate
  • the necessary design skills to meet building users’ requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations
  • adequate knowledge of the industries, organisations, regulations and procedures involved in translating design concepts into buildings and integrating plans into overall planning

A further aim of the education is to strengthen the student's competence in co-ordination tasks related to design, thus enabling the graduate to work as a head designer of demanding construction projects.

An understanding of the internationalising and expanding duties associated with the profession and the ability to function in other cultures are also part of the general skill outcomes of the degree. This develops the student's working life skills and promotes career planning, regardless of whether the goal is to work as an employee in the private or public sector or as an entrepreneur.

The academic objective of the education is that after completing a degree, the student:

  • knows the academic discussion and key literature in the field
  • can write academic text in a critical and expert manner
  • knows the key research methods and has the ability to apply them
  • can argue scientifically

Education content

Architecture is a field of technology and of art. Architecture teaching combines knowledge-based professional material and artistic understanding and expression skills. An architect must be able to see problems from many different directions, which is the reason for the broad-based nature of the degree in architecture. The current nature  of the education develops the student's scientific and artistic thinking relating to the construction of a socially responsible and sustainable future.

The key content in master's programme education is to develop and deepen the skills obtained during the bachelor's phase. The topics include the history and theory of architecture, building design and Finnish building art as well as urban planning and design. Course and design studio teaching is enhanced by means of multidisciplinary collaboration and new teaching methods. Learning by doing, the simulation of so-called 'real' design assignments is still an important part of the education of an architect.

Studies provide the opportunity for internationalisation through, for example, exchange studies and international student competitions and study trips. The internship that is a part of the degree can be completed abroad and students can also do field work outside Finland.

Structure of the Master's Degree Programme

Major studies 90 cr, comprising advanced studies in the major (60 cr) and the master's thesis (30 cr).

The scope of a master's thesis is 30 credits. The thesis seminar which may be a part of the degree requirements for a master's degree is not part of the thesis, but is a separate study attainment that is included in advanced studies in the major.

Elective studies 30 credits comprising alternative studies and/or elective studies (minor, specialisation studies, individual courses).

Degree structure of the Master's Degree Programme in Architecture (120 credits)

Modules

Credits

Degree in Architecture

120

Major (Architecture)

60

Elective studies

  • At least 15 cr of elective studies must be selected from alternative studies in the Master's Degree Programme in Architecture. Architecture studies completed elsewhere (for example, abroad) can also be accepted for credit.
  • In addition to the above-mentioned 15 cr, 3-12 cr of internship can also be accepted as elective studies.

30

Master’s Thesis

  • The thesis is completed on one of the following topics: 1) Building Design, 2) Urban Planning and Design, 3) History and Theory of Architecture

30

Compulsory courses in the major (Architecture), 1st-2nd year of master's studies

Course code

Name    

Credits: min. 38

Compulsory courses

 

ARK-E3500

Building Site Monitoring

3

ARK-E5000 

Methodology (or other methodological studies approved by the programme)

5

The student also selects at least three of the following architecture studio courses in at least two different topics. This must include at least two studios from the student's thesis topic, at least one of which must have a design focus.

Topic 1: Building Design

 

ARK-E2002

Building Design Studio 1

10

ARK-E2003

Building Design Studio 2

10

ARK-E4500

Housing in Urban Context, Studio

10

ARK-E4501

Diversifying Forms of Living

10

ARK-E4004

Wood Studio

10

ARK-E5502

Wooden Town

10

ARK-E3503

Advanced Materials and Techniques in Architecture

10

ARK-E3504

Reuse of Buildings

10

Other Building Design studio courses

min. 10

 

 

 

Topic 2: Urban Planning and Design

 

ARK-E5001

Possible Cities

10

ARK-E5002

Urban Laboratory I, Studio

10

A-36.3701

Urban Laboratory II (Studio)

10

ARK-E5501

Urban Renewal, Studio

10

ARK-E5502

Wooden Town, Studio

10

ARK-E5504

Cities in Transition, Studio (+  ARK-E5503 Cities in Transition - Research & Theory)

10 (+ 5)

ARK-E5505

Sustainable Urban Design

10

Other Urban Planning and Design studio courses

min. 10

 

 

 

 Topic 3: History and Theory of Architecture

 

ARK-E1502                     

Architectural Studio 1

10

ARK-E1503

Architectural Studio 2

10

ARK-E1002

History of Architecture, Research Topics

10

Building Conservation (study module)

10

Building Conservation 5 cr + one of the following:   Renovation of Traditional Structures 5 cr (design focus),  Building Conservation Project 5 cr (design focus),   Building History Survey 5 cr (theory focus)

ARK-E1003

Building Conservation

5

ARK-E1004

Renovation of Traditional Structures

5

ARK-E1005

Building Conservation Project

5

ARK-E1006

Building History Survey

5

Other History and Theory of Architecture studio courses

min. 10

Alternative courses in the major (architecture), 1st-2nd year of master's studies

Course code

Name

Credits

Alternative courses

Max. 22

All of the above-mentioned master's courses that are not included in compulsory minimum requirements are acceptable as alternative studies in the major. On a case-specific basis, foreign studies and individual architecture courses as well as specialisation and minor studies can be accepted, for example, as follows:

ARK-E3501

Architect as Project Leader (Note: compulsory if the master's thesis is in Building Design)

2

ARK-E3502

Working Drawings and Building Specifications (Note: compulsory if the master's thesis is in Building Design)

5 - 10 (min. 5)

ARK-E5503

Cities in Transition - Research & Theory (Note: compulsory if Cities in Transition is selected as a studio)

5

ARK-C2003

Contemporary Finnish Architecture

2

ARK-E2001

Basics of User Oriented Space Design

2

ARK-E2000

Art in Built Environment

2

ARK-E3505

Sustainable Building Design

10

ARK-E2500

Digital Design History and Theory

5

ARK-E2501

N-Space Studio (IT studio)

10

ARK-E2505

Architecture, Special project

1 - 10

ARK-E2506

Architecture, Course with varying content

1 - 10

ARK-E0100

Architectural Competition

1 - 10

ARK-L5000

Planning Theory and Urban Studies

5

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